Kern County Waste Management releases Christmas tree recycling locations, guidelines

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Christmas trees will soon be out of season, torn down and discarded. Kern County Waste Management described the correct way to dispose of trees.

County residents are urged to recycle their Christmas trees at one of 24 drop-off locations throughout Kern County from Dec. 26 to Jan. 12.

In the metro-Bakersfield area, residents can place Christmas Trees into their green waste container as long as the tree is cut into small pieces and the container lid is completely closed. Whole trees are not accepted.

Other options include taking your Christmas tree to the Mount Vernon Green Waste Facility, or taking your Christmas tree to the landfill for recycling.

Please tarp or cover your load properly to avoid paying an untarped/unsecured load fee.

There are several organizations in Kern County that pick-up Christmas trees for a small donation.

Residents can help make this process easier by removing all ornaments, lights, and the tree stand prior to recycling the Christmas tree.

Kern County has been recycling Christmas trees for over 21 years said Douglas E. Landon, Director of the Kern County Waste Management Department.

Approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. every year. After Christmas, thousands of Christmas trees will be sliced, minced and diced into a rich mulch to be used by city parks, schoolyards and roadways.

That’s right: Christmas trees are chipped and shredded into mulch which is used for water conservation and weed control in parks, as ground padding in playgrounds, as erosion/dust control on hiking trails and bridle paths, as additives in composting for landscaping and fertilizers and as alternative fuel in "biomass" co-generation facilities.

The country says to "Go Green, recycle your Christmas tree."

Organizations that will pick up Christmas Trees
 
Boy Scout Troop #712
Bakersfield
$10 Donation
661-378-0969

Boy Scout Troop #75
Bakersfield
Donation Accepted
661-324-7336
 
Fun Sports
Bakersfield
$10 Donation
661-378-2749
 
ISP Mission Trip
Bakersfield & Shafter 
$10 Donation
661-549-3807
 
BHS Drum Line & Color Guard
Bakersfield
$10 Donation
661-544-8733
 
Boy Scout Troop #848
Ridgecrest
Donations Accepted
760-382-2919
 
2013-14 CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING DROP-OFF LOCATIONS
Available December 26 through January 12 Please Remove Tree Stands, Nails, and Decorations. No bags.
 
Arvin
DiGiorgio Park, Corner of Meyer St. & Haven Dr.
Bena Landfill, 2951 Neumarkel Rd. 17 miles East of Bakersfield, off Hwy 58 at Tower Line Rd
City of Bakersfield Green Waste Recycling Facility, 2600 So. Mt. Vernon Ave., 2 miles South of Hwy 58
 
Bakersfield
Bena Landfill, 2951 Neumarkel Rd. 17 miles East of Bakersfield, off Hwy 58 at Tower Line Rd
Bakersfield College, corner of Haley and University
CSUB, Southwest Little League Ball Park Parking Lot, Camino Media Entrance
Kern County Fairgrounds, “P” Street parking lot
City of Bakersfield Green Waste Recycling Facility, 2600 So. Mt. Vernon Ave., 2 miles South of Hwy 58
 
Boron
Boron Landfill, 11400 Boron Avenue, ½ mile south of Boron
 
Buttonwillow
Shafter-Wasco Landfill -17621 Scofield Road, 8 miles west of Shafter
Taft Landfill – 13351 Elk Hills Road, 4 miles north of Taft & 1 mile north of Hwy 119
 
California City
Boron Landfill, 11400 Boron Avenue, ½ mile south of Boron
Mojave-Rosamond Landfill, 400 Silver Queen Rd., 5 miles south of Mojave
 
Delano 
McFarland-Delano Transfer Station, 11249 Stradley Ave., 1 mile south of Delano
City of Delano Corporation Yard, 725 So. Lexington Street
 
Frazier Park
Lebec Transfer Station, 300 Landfill Rd., off Lebec Rd., I-5 to Lebec Exit
 
Kern Valley
Kern Valley Transfer Station, 6092 Wulstein Way, 4 miles south of Kernville off of Sierra Hwy
Kissack Cove Boat Launch (On the Beach) Highway 155 south of Wofford Heights
 
Lamont
Bena Landfill, 2951 Neumarkel Rd. 17 miles East of Bakersfield, off Hwy 58 at Tower Line Rd
City of Bakersfield Green Waste Recycling Facility, 2600 So. Mt. Vernon Ave., 2 miles South
of Hwy 58
 
Lebec
Lebec Transfer Station, 300 Landfill Rd., off Lebec Rd., I-5 to Lebec Exit
 
Maricopa
Taft Landfill, 13351 Elk Hills Road, 4 miles north of Taft & 1 mile north of Hwy 119
 
McFarland
McFarland-Delano Transfer Station, 11249 Stradley Ave., 1 mile south of Delano
 
Mojave
Mojave-Rosamond Landfill, 400 Silver Queen Rd., 5 miles south of Mojave
 
Ridgecrest
Ridgecrest Landfill, 3301 W. Bowman Rd., 5 miles SW of Ridgecrest
 
Rosamond
Rosamond Disposal, 1731 Sierra Way
Mojave-Rosamond Landfill, 400 Silver Queen Rd., 5 miles south of Mojave
 
Shafter
Shafter-Wasco Landfill, 17621 Scofield Ave., 8 miles west of Shafter
City of Shafter Corporation Yard, 550 N. Shafter Ave., corner of E. Tulare & N. Shafter Ave
 
Taft
Taft Landfill, 13351 Elk Hills Rd., 4 miles north of Taft, 1 mile north of Hwy 119;
City of Taft Collection Site, at Westside Waste, 274 E. Cedar Street
Alley collection for Taft City residents
 
Tehachapi
Tehachapi Landfill, 12001 E. Tehachapi Boulevard
Bear Valley Springs, behind Bear Valley Springs CSD Office
Golden Hills, Meadowbrook Park
Stallion Springs, across from the community library and transfer station
 
Wasco
Shafter-Wasco Landfill, 17621 Scofield Ave., 8 miles west of Shafter
Vacant Lot, NE corner of 8th & “G” Street
Wasco Green Waste Site, 5201 7th St., 2 miles west of Wasco
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